New Zealand vs South Africa: Sophie Devine adds another feather to her cap as White Ferns clinch series with 69-run win in 4th T20I

New Zealand women’s cricket captain Sophie Devine became the first player to pass 50 in five successive Twenty20 Internationals on Monday when she scored 105 in her side’s 69-run win over South Africa in Wellington.

Reuters, Feb 10, 2020 14:21:40 IST

Wellington: New Zealand women’s cricket captain Sophie Devine became the first player to pass 50 in five successive Twenty20 Internationals on Monday when she scored 105 in her side’s 69-run win over South Africa in Wellington.

The 30-year-old scored 72 against India last February and had innings of 54 not out, 61 and 77 earlier in the series against South Africa.

India batswoman Mithali Raj, former New Zealand men’s captain Brendon McCullum and West Indies opener Chris Gayle are the only players to have passed 50 in four successive Twenty20 internationals.

“The last 12 months I have really challenged myself to be consistent with my performances,” Devine said after the match on her home ground at the Basin Reserve.

“If I looked at my batting a couple of years ago I could have a match-winning contribution but it wasn’t as regular or often as I would have liked.”

It was also just the second Twenty20 international century by a New Zealand woman. Suzie Bates, who was batting with Devine, is the other.

“To bring up a T20 hundred is a pretty special occasion but to have Suzie Bates out there, I remember being there for hers,” Devine said. “To bring it up at the Basin Reserve ... is a moment I won’t forget.”

The victory clinched the five-match series 3-1 for the ‘White Ferns’ with the final game in Dunedin on Thursday.

“It was really nice to put on a really clinical performance with bat and ball,” Devine added, with the side looking strong heading into the Twenty20 World Cup later this month.

“It could have been easy to cruise a little bit but we really wanted to make sure that we put our foot on their throat and not let up and to do that in pretty comprehensive style is pleasing.”

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Updated Date: Feb 10, 2020 14:21:40 IST


IPL 2020 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Chennai
0 0 0 0 0
2
Delhi
0 0 0 0 0
3
Kolkata
0 0 0 0 0
4
Punjab
0 0 0 0 0
5
Mumbai
0 0 0 0 0
6
Bangalore
0 0 0 0 0
7
Rajasthan
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8
Hyderabad
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5211 116
2 New Zealand 3959 110
3 Australia 4320 108
4 England 5253 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
6 Sri Lanka 4191 91
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6967 124
2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5602 112
5 Australia 5915 110
6 Pakistan 5019 98
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 8926 270
2 Australia 7815 269
3 England 6407 267
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 6220 259
6 New Zealand 7114 245